Great dining experience.Service was good. Despite a very busy room that night, the hostess and manager went out of their way more than once to accommodate some special needs of someone in our party, which everyone at the table really appreciated.On the food side, everything was delicious starting with the roasted veggie plate and burrata starters. The sole was as good as I've ever tasted; fresh fish, perfectly seasoned and crusted. My girlfriend opted for the osso buco risotto tossed in parmesan. A whole block of osso buco sat in the middle of her plate surrounded by a cheesy risotto infused with the flavors of the braised veal shank. In a nod to my her low-carb diet, she ate only about half of the risotto portion... which took incredible will power!Although we did not take advantage of it on this first visit, the cheese selection alone warrants another visit. And no question, there will be another visit next time I am in town!
The atmosphere here is great - love the chairs and table set ups. The music is a bit loud in the evening, but it was good - Radiohead, Alt-J, etc. We had only appetizers, which were in the $12-$18 range, and everything was good - I had the ham and corn cakes, which were awesome. The appetizers are small, so if you aren't that hungry, they can be a meal. The menu is all fresh, local ingredients, and it's a bit on the pricey side - steaks are in the $50 range, entrees are $20+ each. The only reason I am not giving it a higher rating is the service: our waiter seemed overwhelmed with the number of tables he had, and barely gave us a second glance - no refills on water and no check in after our meals were served. It was disappointing for such an otherwise great place.
For the longest time the only thing I knew about Fritto Misto was the huge crowd of people waiting outside every night for a table. We finally tried it for lunch on a weekend and we were one of only a handful of people there. I finally understand now why there's a huge line out the door! The fresh, not dried, pasta is absolutely a revelation from a restaurant. The pesto sauce was full of flavor and, despite the fact that I was planning on only eating half and saving the rest, I ended up porking the entire thing down in one sitting.Obviously, in the middle of the day, there's not much atmosphere, but I can guarantee you'll get a good pasta meal here, so if you want to brave the crowds, head here on an evening, or if you want the place to yourself, try it for lunch on a weekend